BA (Hons)

Filmmaking

  • UCAS code(s): W600
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This exciting new degree course has been created in response to the rise of the UK film and television industry's a global success.

On this practical course, you'll explore all aspects of filmmaking to set yourself up for a successful career as a producer, director or writer.

Our expert staff will stretch you to develop your deep creative understanding of the art of filmmaking, focusing on the production of original, entertaining and innovative content through the production of dramas, documentaries, adverts, music videos and experimental work.

Work on real-life briefs with our industry partners, learning the technical and production skills required to produce a professional portfolio tailored to your career goals.

Taught in partnership with NTU’s School of Arts and Humanities and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, you’ll benefit from a wide range of staff expertise and industry-standard facilities and equipment.

Key features

  • Innovative filmmaking in the 21st Century – this course has been developed with input from industry and academic staff with a wealth of industry experience.
  • NTU is leading arts provider and is ranked 8th in the UK for Art and Design (The Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Focus on writing, directing and producing. We want to create filmmakers who can develop their own projects.
  • Learn in a creative studio environment, using industry-standard facilities such as high-end camera equipment and green-screen studios, and software such as Davinci Resolve and Adobe Creative suite.
  • Develop your professional skills through self-initiated work experience placements, industry competitions, collaborations with organisations and guest lectures.
  • Use industry-standard facilities and equipment such as high-end cameras, sound recording booths and green-screen studios, along with industry-recognised software.
  • Learn from staff with expertise in areas such as directing, producing and scriptwriting, plus technical skills such as editing, lighting, sound and camera operating.
  • Choose to go on an international study trips to recognised film cities.
  • Apply to study part of your degree abroad through our Erasmus+ programme.
  • Showcase your work at the NTU Degree Show, with the opportunity to be selected to exhibit at other
    industry graduate events.

What you'll study

  • Year One

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Script to Screen (100 credit points)
    This module will provide you with a foundation of the core creative concepts of writing, directing and producing for film, delivered through practical projects, workshops, lectures, seminars, and masterclasses. By undertaking team and individual projects, you’ll experience technical roles in areas such as camera operating, sound recording, and editing.

    Film: Style, Narrative, Authorship (20 credit points)
    Consider current and historical context by exploring the history of film, including a history of filmmaking in the USA and Europe. You’ll investigate film theory and genre, deepening your understanding of the connection between visual creativity and narrative.

    Develop your artistic outlook by considering the influence film has on audiences, your awareness of original inventions, and your sense of connectivity between research and practice. Analyse existing films and screenplays, focusing on stylistic choices and considering how meaning is created through style. You’ll examine how auteurs from different genres use stylistic and thematic elements to create a specific voice.

  • Year Two

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Narrative, Production and Audiences (100 credit points)
    In this film practice-based module, you’ll carry out projects to develop your skillset. Firstly, you’ll be set briefs for a given audience, using both fiction and non-fiction formats. You will then identify and negotiate your own brief by defining your own audience, and then developing and delivering a finished film project.

    Genre, Forms and Industry (20 credit points)
    Enrich your understanding of how genre, original content, audiences and technologies interrelate. You’ll look at how film and television content is created using genre as an enabling mechanism for matching content to audiences. You’ll also question the impact of contemporary technological platforms on the creative shape, delivery, distribution and exhibition of content. The learning from this module will help inform your creative approach to your thesis film project in your final year.

  • Final year

    This module runs all year long.

    Filmmaking Entrepreneurship (120 credit points)
    This module will help you prepare for employment or postgraduate study by developing your use of filmmaking language. Develop your authorial voice, looking at a broad range of narrative and visual styles to aid the evolution of an original piece of visual storytelling. You’ll work through the full development process, from initial concept research, pitch, script, budget, and market identification, through to production and post-production. You will also identify relevant distribution and exhibition platforms for your finished film.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • film screenings
  • lectures and briefings
  • studio workshops;
  • seminars;
  • tutorials;
  • masterclasses;
  • verbal and visual presentations;
  • individual work;
  • teamwork;
  • live projects;
  • study trips; and
  • personal development planning.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework. You’ll be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade, receiving feedback throughout.

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • design development work (prototypes, storyboards, scripts, animatics, draft edits, research)
  • final project work (e.g. film, scripts, pitch packages)
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • essays
  • visual and verbal presentations
  • production management documentation
  • design journals (online / offline).

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Exchange opportunities

If you’re thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, the School of Art & Design has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world.

Exchanges take place in Year Two of the course. You’ll receive guidance from the University about where you can go and study, and help in completing your application and arranging your exchange.

Degree Show

You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).

Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry.

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of our undergraduate students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work publicly, helping to raise your profile and enhance your future career prospects.

This course will prepare you to work in the digital media field, in areas such as independent film, television, heritage interpretation, advertising, music and games production.

You will also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in media, freelance design, teaching and retailing.

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Studying a creative degree in a large university has many benefits, none more so than having access to a large employability team.

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Connecting with industry and work placement opportunities

Industry professionals will visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. Live projects and competition briefs will help you gain real experience of the industry, make contacts, and build your portfolio and CV.

You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff and our NTU Employability team will be on hand to support you with advice on how to approach companies and get the most from your experience.

Further information on careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of our undergraduate students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).

Have access to industry standard equipment including high-end work stations with Xeon processors and Quadro Graphics Cards.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a creative portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a creative portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

We will ask you to provide a submission of work online.

If successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll need to bring with you your creative portfolio.

Get some portfolio advice.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply through UCAS.

We will ask you to provide a submission of work online.

If successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll need to bring with you your creative portfolio.

Get some portfolio advice.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • receive £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable).

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional study visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion, and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable).

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional study visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

You'll need a creative portfolio to apply for this course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418